Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke which premiered on 9 July 2017 on the Nine Network.[1] It features hundreds of competitors attempting to complete series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty, in hopes of advancing to the finals and becoming the season's "Australian Ninja Warrior."

Australian Ninja Warrior
GenreSports entertainment
Created byUshio Higuchi
Presented by
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes31
Production location(s)Cockatoo Island (2017-2018)
Spotswood, Victoria (2019-)
Running time1 hour and 20 minutes
(without ads)
Production company(s)Endemol Shine Australia
Original networkNine Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release9 July 2017 (2017-07-09) 
Related showsSasuke
American Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior UK
Sasuke Ninja Warrior Indonesia


The series was announced in 2016 with applications open until 9 September 2016, with filming between November & December 2016 on Cockatoo Island.[2] The series was officially confirmed at Nine's upfronts in November 2016 with Rebecca Maddern announced as host.[3][4] A few days after the announcement, Ben Fordham was announced as second host & Freddie Flintoff as the series' sideline reporter.[5] The series began airing on 9 July 2017.[1]

The series was renewed for a second season during the season one final which was filmed between December 2017 & January 2018, with applications that closed by 3 September 2017.[6][7] On 11 October 2017, the series was officially confirmed for renewal at Nine’s upfronts, also confirming Fordham, Maddern & Flintoff returning for the second season.[8] The second season began airing on 8 July 2018.[9]

On 17 October 2018, the series was officially renewed for a third season at Nine’s upfronts, also confirming Fordham, Maddern & Flintoff returning for the third season.[10] Filming for the series was relocated to Spotswood in Melbourne with filming commencing 15 November until 1 December.[11][12] The third season began airing on 8 July 2019.[13]

On 17 October 2019, the series was officially renewed for a fourth season at Nine’s upfronts, also confirming Fordham, Maddern & Flintoff returning for the fourth season.[14]


Potential contestants go through a rigorous series of obstacles before the possibility of becoming the next Australian Ninja Warrior and win a cash prize, starting at $100,000. If there is no winner in a season the prize will jackpot and rise by $100,000 until someone eventually conquers Mount Midoriyama.

For the third season, the format changed slightly with the most successful contestant who goes the furthest and fastest guaranteed to win $100,000 should they not conquer the course, but will win the growing jackpot should they conquer Mount Midoriyama.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired National Finals Presenters
Premiere Finale Prize Last Ninja
Standing Prize
Last Ninja Standing/
Australian Ninja Warriors
Result Play-by-play announcer(s) Sideline reporter
1 9 9 July 2017 25 July 2017 $100,000 N/A Fred Dorrington Failed Stage 2 Rebecca Maddern
Ben Fordham
Andrew Flintoff
2 12 8 July 2018 31 July 2018 $200,000 Rob Patterson
3 10 8 July 2019 29 July 2019 $300,000 $100,000 Charlie Robbins Failed stage 3
4 2020 2020 $400,000

Season 1 (2017)

The first season premiered on 9 July 2017, on Nine Network and concluded on 25 July 2017. The season was filmed on Cockatoo Island, Sydney where 50 ninjas ran in each of the six qualifying heats, with the top 18 from each heat moving on to the Semi Finals. From the three semi finals, the top 7 competitors moved on to the Grand Final. 9 Competitors finished stage one of the Grand Final, but none completed stage two.

Season 2 (2018)

The second season premiered on 8 July 2018, on Nine Network and concluded on 31 July 2018. The season was filmed on Cockatoo Island, Sydney. In this season there was a total of over 300 ninjas, each was placed into one of the six heats, with the top 20 in each heat advancing to the Semi Finals. In each of the four Semi Finals, the top 8 competitors continued to the Grand Final. In the Grand Final, stage one was completed by 24 competitors, though none of them completed stage two.

Season 3 (2019)

The third season premiered on 8 July 2019 on the Nine Network. The season was filmed in Spotswood, Victoria; and featured 200 ninjas competing across five heats.[15] The top 18 ninjas in each heat advanced to the Semi Finals, and the top ten competitors in each of the three Semi Finals qualified for the Grand Final.[15]

In the Grand Final, there were eleven ninjas who successfully completed the first stage of the course. Five competitors progressed to stage three, however all failed to complete this stage. Despite all five ninjas failing at the same obstacle, Charlie Robbins was deemed to be the "Last Ninja Standing" and awarded the $100,000 prize as he was the fastest ninja to reach this point. This season was the first time on Australian Ninja Warrior that any contestant had qualified for the third stage of the course.


Season Episodes Premiered Ended Season average Network
Date Premiere viewers
Date Finale viewers
Final stage viewers
1 9
9 July 2017
25 July 2017
2.038[17] 2.145[17] 1.767[18] Nine Network
2 12
8 July 2018
31 July 2018
1.088[20] 1.139[20] 0.978[21]
3 10
8 July 2019
29 July 2019
1.221[23] 1.341[23] TBA

International broadcasts

On Australia Day, UK game show based channel, Challenge, announced that beginning from 18 February 2018, it would start airing episodes of Australian Ninja Warrior.[24]

See also


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  2. "ANW season 1 application". My Casting Net. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. Knox, David (8 November 2016). "Nine Upfronts 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. "Nine in 2017". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. Knox, David (28 November 2016). "Ben Fordham, Freddie Flintoff join ANW". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. Knox, David (26 July 2017). "Renewed: Australian Ninja Warrior". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  7. "ANW season 2 application". My Casting Net. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  8. Knox, David (11 October 2017). "Renewals underpin Nine's 2018 slate". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  9. Knox, David (25 June 2018). "Returning: Australian Ninja Warrior". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  10. Knox, David (17 October 2018). "Upfronts 2019: Nine: SeaChange, Australian Open, Lego Masters, Bad Mothers". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  11. Knox, David (8 October 2018). "Australian Ninja Warrior confirms move to Melbourne". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  12. "Watch Ninja Warrior live in Spotswood". Star Weekly. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  13. Knox, David (24 June 2019). "Returning: Australian Ninja Warrior 2019". TV Tonight. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  14. Knox, David (16 October 2019). "Upfronts 2020: Nine: Informer 3838, Halifax, returning reality juggernauts". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  15. Knox, David (16 July 2019). "How producers cast Ninja Warrior". TV Tonight. Archived from the original on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  16. Knox, David (10 July 2017). "Sunday 9 July 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  17. Knox, David (26 July 2017). "Tuesday 25 July 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  18. "TV Ratings 2017: Nine claims #1 all demos, only network to grow across the board". Media Week. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  19. Knox, David (9 July 2018). "Sunday 8 July 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  20. Knox, David (31 July 2018). "Tuesday 31 July 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  21. Perry, Kevin (2 December 2018). "Seven Wins The Ratings Year As List Of Top 20 TV Shows For 2018 Is Revealed". TV Black Box. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  22. Knox, David (9 July 2019). "Monday 8 July 2019". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  23. Knox, David (30 July 2019). "Monday 29 July 2019". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  24. "**New Show Alert**Happy #Strayaday all . To celebrate the big day down under we thought we'd let you all know that Ninja Warrior Australia is winging it's way from down under to Challenge TV next month. What a ripper!". Twitter. 26 January 2018.
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